Loving Vincent: LFF Film Review

Loving Vincent is an extraordinary visual masterpiece that has to be seen to be believed. It is the first entirely hand painted film, everything you see onscreen is a pencil drawing or an oil painting on canvas in the style of Vincent van Gogh.

Douglas Booth plays Armand Roulin who is tasked with giving Theo van Gogh a letter written by his late brother Vincent. However, Theo died shortly after his sibling, so Roulin goes to Auvers-sur-Oise in France on a mission to find out what really happened to Vincent in his later life.

I was awestruck by the visuals. They really blew me away. It is so colourful and bright and I just kept marvelling at it throughout. A lot of the characters were painted by Van Gogh, so the actors were chosen for their relative likeness and they acted it out before their scenes were painted over.

Although I love this project for the amount of work and ingenuity involved, I feel ashamed that it fell victim to my LFF fatigue. I wasn’t engrossed in the story and although there were great characters – played by Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd, Aidan Turner and Saoirse Ronan to name a few – I couldn’t connect to it and my mind kept wondering off.

Although the story wasn’t particularly exciting, Loving Vincent deserves to be seen as it is literally a work of art and so, so beautiful.

Showing as part of the 61st BFI London Film Festival. On limited release from Friday 13th October 

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